Marriage Ceremonies

Civil Ceremony in our Office

Our office conducts civil marriage ceremonies for a fee of $36.  Ceremonies are conducted weekdays at all of our office locations by a Deputy Commissioner of Civil Marriages on staff

You must obtain a marriage license before the ceremony can be performed.  At the time of the ceremony, you must provide a witness, unless the marriage is performed using a confidential marriage license, in which case no witness is required.  If you do not have a witness, our office can provide one for $29.

Our ceremony rooms (watch the video) accommodate parties of up to 26 people with seating for:

  • 18 at the Downtown office

  • 24 at the East Service Center

  • 21 at the South Service Center

Call our office at (916) 874-6131 or schedule an appointment online.

General Information

Laws concerning marriage ceremonies are set forth in Sections 400-426 of the Family Code.  According to state law, the following officials who are 18 years of age or older may solemnize a marriage:

  • A priest, minister, rabbi, or authorized person of any religious denomination.

  • A judge or retired judge, commissioner of civil marriages or retired commissioner of civil marriages, commissioner or retired commissioner, or assistant commissioner of a court of record in this state.

  • A judge or magistrate who has resigned from office.

  • Any of the following judges or magistrates of the United States:

    • A justice or retired justice of the United States Supreme Court.

    • A judge or retired judge of a court of appeals, a district court, or a court created by an act of the United States Congress.

    • A judge or retired judge of a bankruptcy court or a tax court.

    • A United States magistrate or retired magistrate.

  • A Member of the Legislature  or constitutional officer of this state or a Member of Congress of the United States  who represents a district within this state, or a former Member of the Legislature or constitutional officer of this state or a former Member of Congress of the United States who represented a district within this state.

  • A person that holds or formerly held an elected office of a city, county, or city and county.

  • A city clerk of a charter city or serving in accordance with subdivision (b) of Section 36501 of the Government Code, while holding office.

  • Ships’ captains have no authority to solemnize California marriages unless they fall into one of the categories listed above.
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